Policing the "Wayward Woman"

September 2013
Wisconsin Magazine of History;Autumn2013, Vol. 97 Issue 1, p14
The article discusses the Wisconsin State Board of Control's (WSBC) involuntary female sterilization program during the first half of the 20th century. The author argues that the program operated as a form of eugenics that largely targeted sexually active, mentally ill, or otherwise delinquent women. She notes the support the eugenics movement had from prominent scientists and physicians. Focus is given to the work of Wisconsin Home for the Feeble-Minded (WHF) in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.


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